Published On: Fri, Aug 28th, 2015

Large opinion survey about the Kingdom

PrintWILLEMSTAD - Between 14 September and 31 October 2015, the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) will carry out a large opinion survey on all six Dutch Caribbean islands. This is an independent, academic survey, which is sponsored financially by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Dr. Wouter Veenendaal is the leading researcher of this academic project.

On each island a number of addresses have been selected by means of a randomly drawn sample, and between 14 September and 31 October 2015, each of these addresses will be visited by a local interviewer. The residents of these addresses will be interviewed by means of a paper questionnaire, which will address the following topics: 1) the relationship between the islands and Holland, 2) local politics on the island, and 3) media consumption. The answers given to the questions are treated confidentially, and completing an interview will take about 20 minutes. Interviews can be conducted in Dutch, English, Papiamentu or Spanish.

The most important reason for this research, is the fact that only very few academic and comparative opinion surveys have been carried out on the islands: the most recent comprehensive opinion survey was conducted in 1998. Because five years have now passed since the momentous constitutional reforms of 2010, it is extremely important to know the opinions of the populations of the islands about the Kingdom and about the changed relationship with the other islands and Holland. In addition, it will be interesting to draw comparisons between the different islands, and to see if any differences can be observed between the islands that in 2010 have become autonomous countries, and those that became public bodies of Holland instead.

The first results of this opinion survey will be published in December 2015 or January 2016. One of the explicit goals of this research is to inform the island populations about these results, and this will happen by means of publications in local media outlets.

The KITLV asks everyone whose house is visited by an interviewer to participate in the research. Your opinion about the Kingdom is very important, and this research gives you a unique opportunity to express this opinion. We appreciate and count on your participation!

More information about this research can be found on Questions about the survey can be sent to Dr. Wouter Veenendaal, via

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